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    I've been trying to decide which uke will be my first (I currently have $45 saved for a uke). I am interested in the Martin T1K tenor Uke, but since there isn't too much talk about this Uke here on UU, I hope some of you who have owned one may be able to give some opinions/insight about this model. Thanks

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    Hey Mike,

    I don't own a T1-K. Mine's the 1T IZ all Mahogany. (Nice instrument, but a little boomy with a Low-G.) I've read a lot of owners really like it.

    If you are on Facebook, there is a Martin Ukulele group. They may be able to answer your questions. https://www.facebook.com/groups/185297831810034/about

    It's not as busy as this Forum. But if you don't get a reply you might try there if you are a Facebook user.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    Hey Mike,

    I don't own a T1-K. Mine's the 1T IZ all Mahogany. (Nice instrument, but a little boomy with a Low-G.) I've read a lot of owners really like it.

    If you are on Facebook, there is a Martin Ukulele group. They may be able to answer your questions. https://www.facebook.com/groups/185297831810034/about

    It's not as busy as this Forum. But if you don't get a reply you might try there if you are a Facebook user.
    Thanks Kenn, but I'm not too excited to start using facebook. I will see if i can just look at their posts without posting myself. Just looked, I would have to join...
    Last edited by Mike $; 09-21-2020 at 10:55 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike $ View Post
    I've been trying to decide which uke will be my first (I currently have $45 saved for a uke). I am interested in the Martin T1K tenor Uke, but since there isn't too much talk about this Uke here on UU, I hope some of you who have owned one may be able to give some opinions/insight about this model. Thanks
    I have the C1K. It looks nice and sounds nice. No regrets.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    I owned a T1k. It was gorgeous, and had a great koa sound, with good volume and projection. A great value in an all solid koa tenor. The only reason I sold mine was the nut width, which was only 34mm, compared to many other tenors with 36-38mm nuts. Even Martin sopranos and concerts have wider nuts, usually around 36mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    I have the C1K. It looks nice and sounds nice. No regrets.
    I'll second the endorsement for the C1K. I love mine. I'd say regardless whether or go for the tenor or a concert, buy from a dealer that shows you pictures of each individual uke. The wood grain in the Koa can vary greatly from instrument to instrument. I picked mine from the lot based on the swirled pattern on the back.
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    I tried one. Martin T1K tenor has a very sweet koa tone; I like almost every thing about it. Would have been a good buy; the reason I didn't is that the finish is in very thin satin lacquer, which can be easily spoiled by my super sweaty and oily hands....

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    I have had a Martin T1K for about 7 years. It has great sound, volume, projection and sustain. It holds its own in a ukulele group. It is a keeper, I'd never consider selling this one.
    Check out the "Got A Ukulele" website, Baz gives the T1K a thorough review and a high rating.

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    Hi Mike. I own one and second the good thoughts voiced so far. I am trying to justify another purchase and so might look to sell mine. I would take a fair price. It is string with worth browns. PM me if interested
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    I also had a T1K strung with Worth Browns. It was a great ukulele after I lowered the action a little. The only reason I sold it was to help finance a Ko'olau.
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